It is January and that means we are celebrating National Mentoring Month. And for the New Year (hello 2017) we want you to know how to get involved and show that you are a #MentorIRL.
To start off, take a look at the National Mentoring Month website to learn how mentoring impacts youth: http://www.mentoring.org/why-mentoring/mentoring-impact/.
They believe that mentoring impacts a young person in three fields–education, daily life, and career. And it is true. Our young people need positive role models in all aspects of their life to show them the bright futures they can lead. Because that is what this young generation will become…our future leaders! Be a positive impact and show a child that you believe in their future. Be a mentor.
At Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program we know this to be true because our mission follows along the same lines. Here is our mission:
The mission of the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is to provide girls (7-17 years old) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating.
Our programming encourages our girls to have the confidence to:
- Speak up in class
- Join groups and seek leadership positions
- Communicate effectively and respectfully with adults
- Have peaceful interactions with their peer
- Prepare for future careers
As you can see, all of these things make our girls more confident and successful in their education, daily life, and future career.
This National Mentoring Month, take time to find the ways you are supporting our future leaders. If you feel you want to do more, consider volunteering with a local mentoring program. Or join us, Polished Pebbles!